I've been sitting here for a while, just trying to figure out exactly what to say in this post. I suppose that there isn't really any good way express the news, so I will just come out and do it. I spoke with Dr. Read today regarding the results of my MRI, CTs and bone scan... they weren't ideal.
As it turns out, my breast cancer has also spread to my bones (left hip and shoulder), my liver and into at least 1 lymph node on my neck.
Where does this leave me? Well... our first focus is still on shrinking the tumors in my brain. I will continue to undergo my full brain radiation for 10 sessions (only 7 left!) and then meet with my medical oncologist Dr. Ted Vandenberg on Feb 23, 2010 to discuss chemotherapy options to get rid of the rest of the pesky tumors.
Although speaking with Dr. Read today obviously was difficult, I was still left with quite a bit of hope for the future. As far as the chemo goes, she can't tell me much but, she left me confident that if one doesn't work as effectively as possible, there are other chemo treatments that I can undergo to try to get this thing under control.
There are also other options available to me for the brain mets. Dr. Read informed me that Gamma knife radiosurgery is still an option in the future, but we have to wait a few months to see how effective my current radiation is in terms to shrinking my tumors. (http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=gamma_knife)
I have options, and I plan on fighting as long and as hard as humanly possible.
Like I said before, I've got a list, and I'm not stopping until I achieve everything on it. Heck... when that one runs out, I may just start a new one :)